Swimming into the sunrise, the water droplets mingling with the morning dew. Rolling turf and brooding woodlands, darting swallows and flustered geese. This is Hampstead Heath, London’s very own Eden, and just two streets away you will find Lady Somerset Road. Spacious, airy, and with a majesty that only the Victorians could master, this home will entrance you with its stained glass, colourful walls and sweetly tangled garden. The tube ride into town takes less than twenty minutes – but such is the sense of calm in this bewitching home, you may find it difficult to believe.
Your hostess was born in San Francisco and came to the city as a child, now she’s a North Londoner through and through. She and her family love living so close to Hampstead Heath, indeed, she’s out there every day, seeking inspiration for her first novel.
The magic happens
At over ninety feet in length, the garden of Lady Somerset Road is exceptionally large and very beautiful – with gnarled trees, delicate flowers and even a trampoline. Picnic on the lawn or at the table on the terrace, and then, when raindrops begin to patter, retreat to the enormous kitchen diner, where you’ll find cushioned benches, and a very unique papier mache mermaid.
The sitting room is both elegant and eclectic, with its mixture of artwork, books and gorgeously patterned rugs and throws, and if you want to escape the hum of the TV, there’s a further drawing room up on the first floor. This room converts to a double bedroom, should you need it, and along the corridor there’s a bright family bathroom.
Kids and teens will love the two acid-bright single bedrooms, one in yellow and one in green, so leave them to enjoy themselves and retreat to the master bedroom. The ensuite’s clean and modern, and next door, the kingsized bed is resplendent in crisp white linen.
Back to reality
Take a trip around Kenwood House, amble over to Hampstead or stay and enjoy Tufnell Park’s cafes and corner shops. Del Park serves some of the finest tapas this side of San Sebastian, while The Bull and Last is widely acclaimed as one of the finest gastropubs in the UK. Or, if you want to hit the town, jump on the tube. The ride from Tufnell Park to Leicester Square takes around fifteen minutes.
This is a traditional townhouse. It is set over three floors, there are a few stairs to negotiate.
One loveable hypoallergenic dog lives at this home. It won't be around during your stay, but this home may not be suitable for people with strong allergies.
This home doesn't have air conditioning. Between June and September, we'll place fans in each bedroom. Please let us know if you'd like fans outside the summer period.
The Third Bedroom now has a double bed, we'll be taking photographs soon.
Cancellation. Provided you book more than 7 days before the start of your stay, you can cancel your booking within 24 hours and we’ll provide a full refund. Our flexible rate offers more flexibility for those who need it. Read our cancellation policy here. Please note bookings for Hamptons and French Riviera have a separate cancellation policy.
Check-in and check-out. We’ll meet you at the home at your convenience any time after 4PM on your arrival date, and our standard check-out time is 11AM. Early check-in and late check-out can be arranged in advance, subject to availability and a charge.
Lead guest. The lead guest must be at least 25 years of age.
I.D. check and card authorisation. When you arrive we’ll check the lead guest’s I.D. and secure a £1,000 hold on a credit or debit card which will be released once we confirm no damage was caused during your stay.
Smoking. Guests are not permitted to smoke inside any onefinestay home.
Cleaning. We carefully clean and prepare each home before you arrive and after you depart, and for stays longer than seven days we provide a complimentary weekly Housekeeping service. More frequent Housekeeping visits can be arranged on request, subject to availability and a charge.
Payment. We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express, and bank transfers for stays with at least 7 days’ notice.
For more detail on our policies read the FAQ.